Unified Network Interface (UNI)

The UNI product resides on a site's host and fills an "interface" role between your organization's application system and the AAMVA telecommunication network (AAMVAnet). UNI's network interface and application interface functionality translates messages to and from your partner organizations so that you can focus on your core business logic and your applications.

To support the wide variety of hardware and operating systems used by the AAMVA community, the UNI product is available for various platforms. For more information, please contact us below.

Application Interface


UNI's application interface insulates an organization's application programmers from having to deal with network-specific requirements. UNI provides a rich set of APIs which allow an organization's outbound and inbound applications to exchange messages with UNI.

Main application interface features:

  • Message translation: UNI translates messages from a logical format (easy to manipulate within an application) to the AAMVA network format (AMIE).
  • Message grouping: UNI groups and sorts response messages in an application message file. The file layout is provided to enable applications to access the file.
  • Application notification: UNI notifies an application after the transaction is complete or every time a response message is received.
  • Store and forward: UNI stores and forwards messages using either a time interval or a specific time of day.
  • Time-out: You can specify a time after which UNI notifies the application that the transaction is incomplete. In addition, you can automatically abort the incomplete transaction.

Network Interface


UNI's network interface features:

  • Routing validation: UNI performs a routing validation for every outbound and inbound message. It uses a user-defined table, indicating the applications supported by each trading partner.
  • Traffic logging: UNI logs every outbound and inbound message.
  • Undeliverable message processing: UNI can retry delivery of messages that were undelivered the first time. You can specify the number of retries.
  • Network service support: UNI supports different network services such as AAMVAnet's Network Control Software (NCS), GXS's Information Exchange, and RJE/NJE.
  • Network administration: UNI handles all of the network administrative messages, such as Network Status transactions, Site Table Update transactions, Free Format Text messages, and Transaction Count transactions.
  • To accommodate different application and network service requirements, UNI can operate in online mode, batch mode, or a combination of both:
    • Online: UNI uses the inter-process communication protocol available on the platform it is operating on (for example, web services for Windows, TDQ for CICS, message queues for UNIX) to exchange messages with the site application and the site communication software.
    • Batch: UNI uses batch sequential files to exchange messages with the site application and the site communication software.
    • Batch application and online network service: For some AAMVA applications, you can format messages in batch mode and then use the online network service (Network Control Software) to transmit them. In this case, the site application passes a batch sequential file of messages to UNI but UNI sends the messages to the site communication software using the inter-process communication protocol available on the platform.
    • Online application and batch network service: The site application sends messages to UNI using the inter-process communication protocol available on the platform and UNI passes a batch sequential file of messages to the site communication software.

Rates


All rates are effective through September 30 and are subject to change thereafter with 30-days prior written notice.

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Products & Services Catalog: Government Rate Schedule

This catalog provides government rates for AAMVA's network services.

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Products & Services Catalog: Private Rate Schedule

This catalog provides private rates for AAMVA's network services.

Documentation


Windows UNI documentation is available below to jurisdiction and federal members only.

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UNI User Manual - Contents

List the contents for the UNI User Manual

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UNI User Manual - System Architecture UNI Basics

Provides an overview of the UNI system architecture and UNI basics

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UNI User Manual - Web Based UI Menus

Provides a description of the UNI web base user interface menus

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UNI User Manual - Edit Menu: Configurations

Provides a description of setting UNI Configurations

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UNI User Manual - Edit Menu: Local Application Routing

Provides a description of setting Local Application Routing Edit options

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UNI User Manual - Edit Menu: TB & Site Tables

Provides a description of maintaining TB and Site Tables

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UNI User Manual - View Menu: Message Control Log

Provides a description of the UNI web UI Message Control Log View

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UNI User Manual - View Menu: Network Message Log

Provides a description of the UNI web UI Network Message Log View 

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UNI User Manual - Tools Menu: Core Service Overview

Provides a description of the UNI web UI Core Service Overview Tools

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UNI User Manual - Tools Menu: Interface Service Overview

Provides a description of the UNI web UI Interface Service Overview Tools 

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UNI User Manual - Tools Menu: Service Status

Provides a description of the UNI web UI Service Status Tools

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UNI User Manual - Tools Menu: Entity Status

Provides a description of the UNI web UI Entity Status Tools 

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UNI User Manual - Tools Menu: System Message Log

Provides a description of the UNI web UI System Message Tools 

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UNI User Manual - Tools Menu: Security Management

Provides a description of the UNI web UI System Security Management options

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UNI User Manual - Testing Menu: Socket Loopback

Provides a description of the UNI web UI System Socket Loopback Testing 

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UNI User Manual - Network Connectivity Options

Describes the network connectivity options available through the UNI web UI

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UNI Data Formats

Describes how data is formatted in UNI

For questions or more information about UNI, please contact us and select Technology Systems from the drop-down menu of subjects.

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